Friday, June 27, 2008

Raymond Hanson abt 1921

The remains of Raymond Hanson, Vienna's hero of the World War, who made the supreme sacrifice, now lay in the final resting place, the family lot in New Hope cemetery 10 miles east of Vienna.
The body, accompanied by a guard arrived here Saturday evening and the local American Legion Post, named in honor of the deceased, acted as escort to the home. All business houses in the village were closed to pay tribute to the departed one.
Service in charge of the pastor, Rev. Thoresen were conducted at the home at 12:30 Sunday afternoon and were followed by very impressive ceremonies at the Community building. The American Legion Post had charge of the funeral and the boys turned out in large numbers, the Bryant post also being largely represented. Rev. Hall of Bryant gave a splendid address fitting for the occasion which added greatly to the impressiveness of the services.
Six of his former buddies acted as pall bearers, color bearer, a firing squad and several squads of uniformed ex-service men lined up in the procession and the largest crowd ever assembled for a funeral in this community gathered to pay their due respect to a true soldier who had sacrificed his all for his country. The procession was several miles long and the military
clipping cuts off here. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1921.

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